Dale Arcand-Morin is a proud nêhiyaw iskwew from kipohtakaw (Alexander First Nation, AB) in Treaty No. 6 Territory. She will complete her Indigenous Master of Social Work (IMSW) from the University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills in St. Paul this June. She completed her BSW from MacEwan University in Edmonton. She is a passionate advocate for iyiniw children in care and is a former child in care herself.
Dale’s aspirations include the creation of an organization in Alberta which will advocate for and empower iyiniw children, families, and their communities. Dale currently works for the Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre which provides second and third-level support services for band-operated schools across Alberta ensuring that iyiniw children learn their ways, their history, their customs, and their traditions.
Outside of school and work, Dale is a newly appointed kanawemawasîwapîwin Board Member for the maskêkosak newowacistwan nâtamâkêwin society which oversees the support services for children, youth, and families in maskêkosak (Enoch Cree Nation, AB). She is also a volunteer with Weaving Threads: An Indigenous Engagement Program with Kids Help Phone which aims to increase awareness of Kids Help Phone Services amongst iyiniw children and youth.
Dale notes that her greatest and most important role is that of a wife, mother, and grandmother. In her spare time, she can either be found in the bleachers of a hockey rink or a baseball field cheering on her children.